Ras al-Ain (Sere Kaniye) | Member of Turkish-backed factions detonates grenade in neighbourhood • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Ras al-Ain (Sere Kaniye) | Member of Turkish-backed factions detonates grenade in neighbourhood

Al-Hasaka governorate – Syrian Observatory for Human Rights:

SOHR sources say that a civilian was injured, after being hit by shards of glass from a window inside his house as a result of a grenade explosion near his home, thrown by a member of the Turkish-backed Ahrar Al-Sharqiya, this evening, in the city of Ras al-Ain, without knowing the reasons. Meanwhile, police forces cordoned off the site and took the injured person to hospital for treatment.

On January 26, SOHR sources said that a police officer from Deir ez-Zor province assaulted a woman from Ras al-Ain (Sere Kaniye) in the “Peace Spring” area in Al-Hasakah countryside.

In this context, members of the 20th Division intervened to defend the woman and her family, while Ahrar Al-Sharqiya faction intervened on the side of the police. Clashes took place between the two sides with machine guns and medium weapons, leaving two members of Ahrar al-Sharqiya injured, while the security alert continues in the city to date.

On January 19, SOHR sources reported that unknown gunmen shot dead a Turkish-backed militiaman in Al-Masref Al-Zera’i neighbourhood in Ras Al-Ain city (Sere Kaniye) in Al-Hasakah countryside in “Peace Spring” areas.

On the other hand, “Al-Hamzah Division” killed a civilian near Rayhana village, between Alyah and Mabrukah in the west of Ras Al-Ain, while attempting to evade paying levies to the Turkish-backed faction’s members stationed at a checkpoint there, then the members of “Al-Hamzah Division” blew up the civilian’s car, claiming that he was transporting explosives.

SOHR sources reported on January 15 that the Ankara-backed “al-Hamza Division” operating under the banner of “Peace Spring” operations room arrested eight people in the village of Merikis in eastern Ras al-Ain countryside (Sere Kaniye), north of Al-Hasakah, for “collaborating and dealing with SDF.”

According to Syrian Observatory sources, among the detainees there were former SDF fighters who joined the ranks of Turkish-backed factions after these factions had captured the area.

On January 11, SOHR sources said that Turkish-backed factions had turned a shop into an arms store in the town of Ras al-Ain (Sere Kaniye), after they seized and stole its contents.

It is worth noting that Turkish-backed factions share civilians’ property, including houses and shops in the “Peace Spring” areas, while these thefts led to infighting among the factions each others, along with the proliferation of weapons and security chaos.

It is worth noting that the shop was used to sell clothes before the people of the city were displaced, as Turkish forces and proxy factions controlled large areas of the city during the military operation “Peace Spring”.

On the other hand, residents of Ras al-Ain and its countryside in the “Peace Spring” area in Al-Hasakah countryside are suffering from the increasing violations by Turkish-backed factions, with Turkish forces’ inaction.

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